Dominate the water, fresh or salt. The Pro Angler 12 deploys all the big-boat fishing features of the ‘PA’ series on a 12-ft. long platform that fits neatly in the back of most any pickup truck.
Keep a half-dozen rods rigged and ready in the four standard horizontal and two molded-in rod holders. Confidently stand and fire cast after cast. The elevated Vantage ST seat makes it easy to move around the boat. Now includes a retractable skeg for improved course-keeping, as well as innovative H-Rail for superior flexibility in accessory rigging.
Submitted by: Anonymous on 1/26/2016
Mine came with the Lowrance 5 Chirp fish finder which is an OK unit, a live bait tank which I have yet to use, stake out pole which is useful for the rivers, drift anchor which is ok,anchor trolley which is invaluable and the tackle boxes which has a great storage set up at your feet.
The most important feature is the Mirage Drive. I had an up market performance version fitted. It's fast. I have had it up to 8kph according to the GPS. And its really effortless at cruising speed. Its greatest advantage is that it leaves your hands free while manoeuvring to cast, un-snare your anchor or just drift and cast under control.
The Vantage seat is also very cool with easy 2 level height adjustment and infinite easily achieved seat and back positioning.
Would I buy this boat again? Maybe. It's very expensive new at around 6k fully kitted with roof racks and other stuff fitted. However there are some great 2nd hand bargains around that I have seen complete with trailers.
Am I sorry I bought it? No way. It's great and I love every minute I am in it. It more than just a fishing platform it an whole of body and mind experience to use. You do need a trailer if your by yourself as its around 55kg fully kitted.
Overall an hopefully unemotional 9/10
Submitted by: Anonymous on 10/25/2015
This kayak is amazingly stable in winds of 40 km plus. Great storage for every weather and fishing need. I have a 2013 model with the turbo fins. You should be 6 feet tall to use the Mirage system with ease. Easy to load and unload in the back of my pick up. One final note, I have caught trophy pike with this kayak with ease and confidence.
A reason why they are expensive is because they are worth every dollar. Ordering a sail for this up coming summer. Thank you Hobie !!
Submitted by: Anonymous on 4/13/2015
If you are under six feet tall this kayak is not for you. The seat is spaced too far from the pedals.
The pedal linkage doesn't feel snug. Sometimes the linkage locks on the pedal drive fail to hold the drive shaft. Also, if a large wave or boat wake is coming at you it is sometimes difficult to get the yak to respond in time. I have been swamped three times so far.
It is roomy, the seat is somewhat comfortable and I like the side rails
Submitted by: vdaneen on 8/8/2014
I can stand and fish even when wind is kicking. We also have the micro power pole. I can anchor and cast in seconds.
I can honestly say this is the best purchase we ever made!!
Submitted by: Anonymous on 4/2/2014
My only suggestions for Hobie concerning the Pro Angler 12 are:
Submitted by: Anonymous on 10/8/2012
My buddy fishes just about every week in his Pro Angler 12 and raves about how many fish he catches and the places he can get into. All I can say is that I'm now a believer in the Hobies and my friend is 100% satisfied with his purchase. If you are looking for a very comfortable fishing kayak that is very stable, the Pro Angler 12 is the boat! Check out this great video that he showed me.
Lancaster County Marine definitely knows their boats! Don't hesitate to buy one of these boats, you wont regret it!
Submitted by: Anonymous on 8/31/2012